DIY Owl Bookends

diy owl bookends

Pretty Handy readers Happy New Year!  Jaime here today from That’s My Letter to share how to make scrap wood DIY Owl Bookends.  It’s January and everyone is in cleaning, purging, and organizational mode.  While you’re cleaning out the scrap wood bin, save a few scraps to make these cute owl bookends. They are adorable and will help straighten up your bookshelf, too.

I used scrap wood pieces straight from my cut off bin to quickly put together these bookends.  These wood pieces happen to be different colors (some stained, some cedar, some painted) but you could easily use new lumber and paint the owls in fun colors.

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This is a great gift idea for adults and kids alike!  I sent this pair off to my sister who happened to have an owl get down her chimney (someone left the flue open!) and was flying around in her house.

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Below are the step-by-step instructions including materials and a cut list.  Always follow all safety precautions when using power tools.

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Materials: [Read more…]

Melted Crayon Heart Valentines

After the abundance of candy and cookies consumed over the holidays, I cringe at the idea of more sweets finding their way into our home. Especially candy with artificial colored dyes added. Valentine’s Day and Halloween are the two holidays where I have to brace myself for the inevitable influx of dye-laden candies. I don’t have concrete proof, but I’m fairly certain that one of my sons has a dye sensitivity. This sensitivity manifests itself in behavior issues.

Because of this, I try to make Valentines that don’t use candies. Introducing Melted Crayon Heart Valentines!

For Halloween I give out chocolates instead of hard “colorful” candy. [Read more…]

Make a Boo-Boo Bear – A Rice Ice and Heat Pack

It's inevitable your little ones will get bump or bruise. Make them a Boo-Boo Bear to sweeten those tough times by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Hello PHG readers! I’m coming over from my blog, Prodigal Pieces, to share with you a sweet DIY that is easy to whip up and will make everyone smile (not to mention it makes a perfect last-minute gift!).

Do you remember the days as a child when you would stumble and hurt your knee or have some bump that required a little TLC? As a mom to 6 wonderful kids, I know how precious those times can be, and that’s where Boo-Boo Bear (a rice ice and heat pack) can sweeten those troubled times.

Boo-Boo Bear is sweet little friend who serves as a comforting ice pack that is the perfect temperature for those bumps and bruises that come along, AND he can also be lightly warmed in the microwave to soothe aches and pains. Want to make one for a special little person in your life? [Read more…]

Fabric and Wood Coasters

fabric & wood coasters

Pretty Handy readers we are nearing ever so close to the big day!  Jaime from That’s My Letter here today to share a quick and easy last minute gift idea.  These fabric and wood coasters add just a touch of holiday cheer to any coffee table and you just might already have the supplies on hand to make them!

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All stacked up and tied together they make a great hostess gift or a charming diy gift anyone is sure to appreciate.

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The plaid fabric is completely on trend this year as we are seeing plaid and tartan everywhere!  You could use nearly any fabric, this plaid happens to be a thicker woven cotton.

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Below are the step-by-step instructions to make your own fabric and wood coasters.  Always use all safety precautions when operating power tools.

Materials:

  • 4×4 wood post scrap (1/2″ thick for each coaster)
  • miter saw
  • measuring tape & pencil
  • sandpaper
  • fabric (4″ square for each coaster)
  • mod podge
  • paint brush
  • rotary cutter & self healing mat

Instructions:

Step 1: Mark the 4×4 post for a 1/2″ cut.  I recommend setting up a stop block (the 2×4 on the right in the picture below) and clamp it to your saw.  This stop block allows you to make multiple cuts of same length without having to re-measure and mark your wood every time.

fabric & wood coasters step 1

fabric & wood coasters cut complete

Step 2: Sand the edges of the wood cuts smooth.  Apply a generous layer of mod podge onto the wood and press fabric in place smoothing any wrinkles.  Let dry. [Read more…]

Beautiful Last Minute Photo Cards

CVS Same Day Photo Cards

Are you pulling out your hair trying to get everything done before Christmas? No? Well, I hate you! Just kidding. I’ve been frantic this past week. Unfortunately, I wasn’t planning ahead and the holiday cards were pushed to the end of my to do list. It sat down there at the bottom with some of the last minute presents for the mailman and service providers we appreciate. I thought about going to a big box store to knock out all these last minute gifts. But frankly, when I walk in the entire magical holiday spirit is sucked out of my body and I’m left feeling like a Hippopotamus squashed my Christmas spirit. You know what I’m talking about, right?! Other people who are frantic and stressed. Cashiers who need a break. And drivers fighting you for that last parking space.

What I really wanted were last minute beautiful photo cards without braving the elements crowds! ‘Cause you and I know, Baby, It’s Cold Outside (in more ways than one.)

That’s why I was thrilled this year when CVS contacted me and asked if I wanted to get my holiday cards the same day from my local CVS store. Wait, what?! I had no idea you could skip the crowds and get photo cards from the local friendly CVS store. There had to be a catch. I figured the card options would be — you know — a bit like bad fruitcake.

I quickly let me fingers fly over to CVS.com/Photo to see the measly options.

CVS Same Day Photo Cards

What to my wandering eyes did appear? Jaw dropping designs from top names like Hallmark and Aperion!

CVS Same Day Photo Cards

Wow, oh wow, beautiful last minute holiday photo cards! Then I saw the 25% off cards using the promo code: CARDNOW graphic and I did a little Rockin’ Around Our Christmas Tree in celebration. [Read more…]

Rustic Metal Magnetic Window Frame

Galvanized Metal Magnetic Windows | Pretty Handy Girl

I was really inspired by Laura Putnam’s new book: DIY Rustic Modern Metal Crafts. I love the look of aged galvanized metal and knew that our home needed more of it. Today I’ll share with you a tutorial to create your own Rustic Metal Magnetic Window Frame, inspired by Laura’s Vintage Window Memo Board. But, you’ll definitely want to get a copy of Laura’s book to learn how to make 34 more storage and decor items using galvanized metal!

Materials:
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Galvanized Metal Magnetic Windows | Pretty Handy Girl

Optional: Silicone Caulk (for more secure metal)

Instructions:

Ready to make your own Rustic Metal Magnetic Window Frame? If you have newer galvanized metal, you can easily add an aged patina to metal following this tutorial. Prepare ahead of time, because it might take up to 8 hours to get the look you want. The sheet you see below was left overnight in the solution to get a nice white patina.

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Remove the glass panes from your old window.

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Measure the size of each pane.

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Transfer your measurements onto the galvanized metal sheet. [Read more…]

3 DIY Books for Holiday Gifts

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I’m thrilled to share with you a selection of 3 DIY books this holiday season. If you are looking for ideas for someone on your gift list who: has children who love to create; loves rustic metal decor; or wants some simple ideas to love the home they are living in…I have the book for you!

Let’s start with C.R.A.F.T – Creating REALLY Awesome Free Things (affiliate link). This book by Jamie Dorobek was not a book I had originally planned on reviewing. But, when I opened the envelope and set the book on the counter it was instantly whisked away from me. My boys took the book and read it from front to back!

C.R.A.F.T. Book Review

Within 30 minutes, my oldest (a middle schooler) had already cut up a cereal box and was working on his own puzzle.

C.R.A.F.T. Book Review

C.R.A.F.T. Book Review

The next day, my 3rd grader had a playdate at our house. He and his friend asked for the materials to make their own Emoji masks. [Read more…]

21 Creative Gift Wrapping Ideas

21 Creative Ways to Gift Wrap | Pretty Handy Girl

Hello again! It’s Colleen from Just Paint It with a collection of 21 Creative Wrapping Ideas.

When I was a kid my favorite part of Christmas was wrapping presents. (Outside of opening them, that is.) I loved it so much that my mother would often have me wrapping my own presents without telling me. Then she’d switch the tags around on Christmas Eve! Such great memories. Using creative gift wrapping is a special way to create memories that will last a lifetime. Enjoy some beautiful gift wrapping inspiration here:

creative gift wrappingPolar Bear Gift Wrapping

 

creative-gift-wrappingMonogram Gift Wrap [Read more…]

Scrap Wood Shadow Box Frame

Rustic Scrap Wood Shadow Box Frame | Pretty Handy Girl

Okay all you woodworkers. You know as well as I do that you have an ever growing scrap wood pile that you don’t want to throw away because you know you’ll use it one day.

Rustic Scrap Wood Shadow Box Frame | Pretty Handy Girl

Well, today is that day! I challenge you to use some of that scrap wood to make a Scrap Wood Shadow Box Frame like this one.

But, if this isn’t your cup of tea, Sawdust Girl has an entire link up party of scrap wood projects. And you can link up your own scrap wood challenge too!

Okay, so the truth behind this project is that Pretty Handsome Guy has been begging me to frame his U.S. Open flag from Pinehurst almost two years ago. My poor hubby rarely asks for anything, and I figure he waited long enough.

Materials:

  • Scrap wood
  • Backer board (scrap bead board, masonite, thin plywood)
  • Construction glue
  • Lattice edging
  • Wood stain
  • Plexi-glass
  • D-hooks
  • Drill bit
  • Drill
  • Double stick foam tape
  • Brad nails
  • Nail gun or hammer
  • Machine screws
  • Saw (miter, jigsaw or Dremel UltraSaw)

Optional: Gorilla Glue

Instructions:

Cut backer board to the size you want for your frame.

Rustic Scrap Wood Shadow Box Frame | Pretty Handy Girl

Lay out your scrap wood on top of the backer board until it is covered completely.

Rustic Scrap Wood Shadow Box Frame | Pretty Handy Girl

I tried Gorilla Glue Construction Adhesive on this project (Gorilla Glue sent me a tube of glue to try out.) It dried and held all the scrap wood firmly.

Rustic Scrap Wood Shadow Box Frame | Pretty Handy Girl

Lift up one piece of scrap wood at a time and apply construction glue onto the backer board. [Read more…]

DIY Snowflake Christmas Trivets

DIY Snowflake Christmas Trivets

Hey there, everyone!  It’s Katie again from Addicted 2 DIY.  I’m back with a Christmas tutorial that can pull double-duty as both Christmas decor and a useful accessory for your big family gatherings.  I don’t know about you, but in my family finding a spare trivet during Thanksgiving or Christmas meals is about as hard to find as an extra serving spoon.  We often find ourselves short one or two and holding hot dishes of food, while trying to decide if it’s cool enough to set on the bare table.  I decided that making my own simple and pretty trivets would solve some problems.  The fun thing is that you don’t have to just use these pretty snowflakes as trivets.  You can hang them as Christmas decor if you like!

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To make these, purchase plywood (a 1 – 2′ square piece is all you need) or you can use scrap wood.  I used 3/4″ plywood. However, you can easily use 1/2″ or even 1/4″ if that’s what you have on hand.  It’s all about saving money this time of year, right?

Materials:
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Instructions:

STEP 1:  Size your snowflake templates however you would like and cut them out of cardstock.

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STEP 2:  Trace the snowflakes with a pencil onto your plywood. [Read more…]

35 Upcycled DIY Gift Ideas

35 Upcycled Gift Ideas | Pretty Handy Girl

Plain glass jars, an abandoned door, a rickety ladder, or stray drawer. These aren’t items most people would envision as beautiful gifts. But we aren’t most people. We like creating unique, one-of-a-kind gifts that add beauty to a space in our homes instead of landfills.

Hi, it’s Colleen from Just Paint It, back with 35 Upcycled DIY Gift Ideas. This collection is guaranteed to spark your creativity to repurpose ordinary items into extraordinary gifts!

Upcycled Plant CartUpcycled Plant Cart

 


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Rustic Chalkboard Wall Organizer

 

Repurposed Milk Jug TableRepurposed Milk Jug Table

 

Easy Washi Tape VasesEasy Washi Tape Vases

 

DIY Unique Wine RackDresser Turned into Wine Rack [Read more…]

50+ DIY Gift Ideas

50+ DIY Gift Ideas

Hello again, it’s Colleen from Just Paint It with another fabulous homemade gift collection. Today we have 50+ DIY Gifts for practically everyone on your list! This is a diverse group including painting, quick crafts, woodworking and so much more. I’m sure you’ll find plenty of inspiration.

Have fun checking these DIY Gifts out!

Washi Tape Gift IdeaWashi Tape Gift Idea

 

Spraypainted Bottle VasesSpraypainted Bottle Vases

 

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Easy Pounded Flower Gift Ideas

 

Spoon Tealight CandleholderSpoon Tealight Candleholder

 

DIY Sconce HookDIY Sconce Hook

 

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Wood Block Floating Frames [Read more…]

Gift Ideas for the Creatives on Your Wishlist

Gift Ideas for Creatives

The holidays are fast approaching and I’m sure there’s someone on your list that fits the “creative” description. That special someone desires something opposite of the normal gifts that most people will enjoy. He or she may be a hipster or a hippie but regardless, I have you covered with these great gift ideas for the creatives on  your list (contains affiliate links):

MC Escher Hands Drawing Shirt:

Gift Ideas for Creatives

 

Melted Wine Bottle Platter:

Gift Ideas for Creatives

 

Brother Sewing Machine:

Gift Ideas for Creatives

This is the same machine (an older model) I’ve owned for 7 years now. It is a great sewing machine and you can’t beat the price!

 

Customizable Charging Station/Organization Station:

Gift Ideas for Creatives

You put it together and configure it to hold a multitude of electronics and accessories.

 

Star Wars Coasters:

Gift Ideas for Creatives

 

Chisel tip Chalk Ink Markers:

Gift Ideas for Creatives

I love these chalk markers over all other bistro markers. The chiseled tip makes it easier to control and will give you a thin or fat line.

 

White Porcelain Christmas Dove Ornaments:

Gift Ideas for Creatives

 

Fiskars Duck Edition Non-Stick Scissors:

Fiskars Duck Edition Scissors

You may wonder why a pair of scissors are on a gift list. This is no ordinary pair of scissors! These are the best scissors I’ve ever owned because they are sharp and non-stick. They are perfect for the Duck Tape crafter.

 

Metal Hammered Bowl:

Gift Ideas for Creatives

 

Custom State Metal Wall Art:

Gift Ideas for Creatives

 

I’m an Artist – Your Rules Don’t Apply Shirt:

Gift Ideas for Creatives

 

Sky & Sea Bowls:

Gift Ideas for Creatives

 

Spread Love, Joy & Peace Spreaders:

Gift Ideas for Creatives

I love the play on words with these spreaders.

 

Banksy Coasters:

Gift Ideas for Creatives

The well known Banksy artist is an infamous graffiti artist who has left his mark all over the world.

 

Geometric Glass Vases:

Gift Ideas for Creatives

 

Graphic Travel Posters:

Gift Ideas for Creatives

If all else fails, a beautifully illustrated travel poster is a great gift idea.

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DIY Log Bird Feeder

Give your feathered friends a treat from spingtime through winter. Make this easy-peasy DIY log bird feeder with one tool and a few basic materials by Prodigal Pieces for Pretty Handy Girl www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Hello PHG readers! I’m Larissa coming to share with you from my spot in the blogosphere, Prodigal Pieces, where DIY is the name of the game. Today, I’m going to show you how to create a special treat for our feathered friends. The best part is that this can be a family fun activity to do AND to give as a gift (think Christmas).

We are avid bird lovers in our home and were delighted when a friend of mine gave us this bird feeder made from a piece of firewood and rope. How easy is that?

Give your feathered friends a treat from spingtime through winter. Make this easy-peasy DIY log bird feeder with one tool and a few basic materials by Prodigal Pieces for Pretty Handy Girl www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

What a delight it is too see our tree clinging birds (nuthatches, tufted titmice, and woodpeckers) come for a visit and see their excitement at the treat they’ve found, especially the birds that overwinter. Did you know that migratory birds will remember your home the next time they’re passing through and will come back again year after year if you continue to provide nourishment for them? It’s like a reunion each spring and winter. Fun!

So, lets grab some materials and get ready to create!

Give your feathered friends a treat from spingtime through winter. Make this easy-peasy DIY log bird feeder with one tool and a few basic materials by Prodigal Pieces for Pretty Handy Girl www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Materials:
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We are blessed, in my opinion, to have a fireplace,  so we always have a stash of firewood on hand. For your log, you can use a downed branch or head to your own stash to grab a piece of wood.

Give your feathered friends a treat from spingtime through winter. Make this easy-peasy DIY log bird feeder with one tool and a few basic materials by Prodigal Pieces for Pretty Handy Girl www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

The tree-clingers prefer a chunky bark, but most any tree variety will do.

Give your feathered friends a treat from spingtime through winter. Make this easy-peasy DIY log bird feeder with one tool and a few basic materials by Prodigal Pieces for Pretty Handy Girl www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Clamp your log and keep your hand clear from the drill bit. Wear appropriate eye protection.

Give your feathered friends a treat from spingtime through winter. Make this easy-peasy DIY log bird feeder with one tool and a few basic materials by Prodigal Pieces for Pretty Handy Girl www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

To start, use a 1″ spade bit to drill a hole approximately 1/2″ deep, 2 inches down from the top.

Give your feathered friends a treat from spingtime through winter. Make this easy-to-build DIY log bird feeder with one tool and a few basic materials.

Drill a second hole on the same face about 6″ below the first.

Roll the log a quarter turn and drill in the next face starting with the first hole about 5″ from the top and then a second hole 6″ below that one. (This does not have to be exact and give a more rustic feel when randomly chosen.)

Give your feathered friends a treat from spingtime through winter. Make this easy-peasy DIY log bird feeder with one tool and a few basic materials by Prodigal Pieces for Pretty Handy Girl www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Repeat those steps until you have two sets of matching faces on opposing sides.

Drill your rope hole using a 5/16″ bit. Starting on the face that has the first hole 5″ down, drill your rope hole 2″ from the top, making sure to go completely through the log.

Give your feathered friends a treat from spingtime through winter. Make this easy-peasy DIY log bird feeder with one tool and a few basic materials by Prodigal Pieces for Pretty Handy Girl www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Cut a 2′ or longer piece of rope and thread it into the hole. If you turn the rope in the direction of the braid (counter-clockwise) while inserting it, that will help the rope go through smoothly.

Give your feathered friends a treat from spingtime through winter. Make this easy-peasy DIY log bird feeder with one tool and a few basic materials by Prodigal Pieces for Pretty Handy Girl www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Once through, tie the rope in a basic knot.

Give your feathered friends a treat from spingtime through winter. Make this easy-peasy DIY log bird feeder with one tool and a few basic materials by Prodigal Pieces for Pretty Handy Girl www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

On to the fun part! Birds burn a ton of protein flitting about, so they need to store up as much as they can. We prefer to use a chunky peanut butter and then roll it in seeds like this.

Give your feathered friends a treat from spingtime through winter. Make this easy-peasy DIY log bird feeder with one tool and a few basic materials by Prodigal Pieces for Pretty Handy Girl www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Grab a tablespoon of peanut butter and place it in a bowl of bird seed.

Give your feathered friends a treat from spingtime through winter. Make this easy-peasy DIY log bird feeder with one tool and a few basic materials by Prodigal Pieces for Pretty Handy Girl www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Then sprinkle the peanuter butter with seed.

Give your feathered friends a treat from spingtime through winter. Make this easy-peasy DIY log bird feeder with one tool and a few basic materials by Prodigal Pieces for Pretty Handy Girl www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

After coating with the seed, press the mixture into the holes using the back of a spoon, or if you’re nutty like me (catch the pun?) it’s more fun to use your fingers.

Give your feathered friends a treat from spingtime through winter. Make this easy-peasy DIY log bird feeder with one tool and a few basic materials by Prodigal Pieces for Pretty Handy Girl www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

The kids love this part!

Give your feathered friends a treat from spingtime through winter. Make this easy-peasy DIY log bird feeder with one tool and a few basic materials by Prodigal Pieces for Pretty Handy Girl www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

You’re done and it’s ready to hang. Yay!

Give your feathered friends a treat from spingtime through winter. Make this easy-peasy DIY log bird feeder with one tool and a few basic materials by Prodigal Pieces for Pretty Handy Girl www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

For a fun twist, and if you’re feeling handy, you could also add dowels for other species to be able to roost at each hole, but for this project I kept it simple.

Got questions? Please feel free to ask. Also, come say “Hi!” I’d love for you to come visit me over at my blog.

If you enjoyed this project, do pin and share!

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21 Sew Special Gifts (You Can Make)

21 Sew Easy Gift Ideas You Can Make Yourself | PrettyHandyGirl

Hello again, it’s Colleen from Just Paint It!  I love making gifts for the holidays, and receiving them too. There’s something so meaningful when you know someone has invested their precious time in a gift.

Today I have 21 Sew Special Gifts. Even if sewing isn’t your specialty, you’ll find a wide assortment of projects here for many on your list . . . including yourself!

Coffee Lover's Snowflake Gift SetCoffee Lover’s Snowflake Gift Set

 

DIY Pouf OttomanDIY Pouf Ottoman

 

10 Minute Tooth Fairy PouchSew a 10 Minute Tooth Fairy Pouch

 

Placemat Turned into a Snowman Flag Placemat Turned into a Snowman Flag

 

Sew Mini Gift Pouches from NapkinsSew Mini Gift Pouches from Napkins [Read more…]

FREE Mobile Backgrounds for My Email Subscribers

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I’m so excited to share three mobile phone backgrounds for you to download. I designed them using beautiful colorful fall images from my home tour on Friday.

In today’s social media atmosphere, more platforms are picking and choosing what to show you. Did you know that out of 60,000 Facebook fans, only 200 – 300 fans normally see my updates? Sadly, I’ve heard that Instagram will be doing the same. My newsletter is truly the only avenue I have to reach you 100% of the time.

This is your opportunity to get personal updates from me every Sunday. My weekly newsletter gives you the opportunity to be one of my inside circle friends who will get all the details of what I’ve been up to behind the scenes and what’s coming up in my personal life.

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When you sign up as an email subscriber, I promise to never sell your email address and I won’t flood your inbox. Typically I post 3 times a week and send out one weekly newsletter.

So what do you say? Want to be one of my inner circle subscribers? Want to download a new image for your mobile phone? Simple sign up by filling in your email address below:




Be sure to check your inbox to verify your subscription. Then I’ll send you a personal email with links to the mobile backgrounds (please allow an hour or so to receive this email.) I’m planning on sending out new images to my subscribers throughout the year. If you are already an email subscriber you’ll get the Sunday newsletter tonight with links to the wallpaper images.

Enjoy!

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Personalized Wood Slice Coasters

Personalized Rustic coasters sawdust2stitches for www.prettyhandygirl.com

Today I have the ever fabulous and always vivacious Corey on stage. She will be sharing how to make these Personalized Wood Slice Coasters.

Rockstar DIY Series

Corey is the rockstar designer behind Sawdust 2 Stitches. As if you had any doubt, this girl is multi-talented with her building and sewing skills! You’ll definitely want to check out her amazing gallery of tutorials.

Hey, I think I hear a chainsaw? Take it from here Corey!

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Hey all, this is Corey from Sawdust 2 Stitches. I am one of THOSE people, that when I get an idea, I run with it… and I run fast. One day I decided that I didn’t like the tree in our front yard. Long story short, I had a small supply of wood logs at my disposal.

As the Holiday Season is quickly approaching, I decided to slice up the stump and use them in a plethora of festive decor. One such idea was Personalized Wood Slice Coasters. These are great for anyone attending and/or hosting a holiday dinner! This little tutorial will have you prepared to make the atmosphere absolute perfection. Or if you are attending an event these would make thoughtful hosts gifts.

Rustic coasters sawdust2stitches for www.prettyhandygirl.com

Materials:

  • Log or Wood Slices
  • Pencil
  • Fine Tip Sharpie
  • Poly Acrylic
  • Foam Brushes

Instructions:

As I stated earlier, I had wood logs at my disposal and I chose to slice them about 1/4″ thick on my compound saw. One thing to consider, if you are using fresh wood they will be undergoing a drying process for a few weeks, and they can crack! I had some of mine do this, but truth be told, I kind of liked it. It added a little character. However, if you would prefer them not crack-less variety there are ways to lessen the possibility. I have been told that if you store the wood slices in in a double bagged brown paper sacks, it will prevent them from drying to quickly. Simply open the bag every day to let in fresh air, and then reseal it.

HOWEVER if you don’t have time for that, many craft stores have wood slices available and ready to use.

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Once the slices are ready to use, I began by drawing on my design with a pencil first. ( If you hate your handwriting you can always use a stencil or transfer paper. ) [Read more…]

Finger-printed Envelope Star Pillows

Make Your Own Finger-Printed Star Pillows | Pretty Handy Girl

Personalized finger-printed envelope star pillows are an easy and fun gift item to make. My boys and I enjoyed making these pillows for their home room teachers. We got the idea from Cristina’s beautiful seaside themed thumb print pillows.

Materials:

Make Your Own Finger-Printed Star Pillows | Pretty Handy Girl

  • Fabric (I used bleached and washed leftover drop cloths)
  • Pillow insert
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Freezer Paper
  • Fabric Paint
  • X-acto knife
  • Small Flat Brush
  • Permanent Marker
  • Scissors
  • Piping (here’s the tutorial to make your own piping)

Instructions:

Cut your front fabric with 1 inch excess around the pillow form. Cut the two back pieces of fabric with a 1 inch excess on all sides, plus allow for a 3″ overlap in the center.

Make Your Own Finger-Printed Star Pillows | Pretty Handy Girl

 

Fingerprinted Star Tutorial:

Here’s a great way to customize your pillow for the recipient. Let your little ones finger-print inside the star. [Read more…]

21 Ways to Make and Decorate Totebags

21 Ways to Make and Decorate Tote Bags | Pretty Handy Girl

Have you been enjoying all of the awesome tote bag tutorials this week? Today we’ve rounded up even more sewing tutorials, decorating ideas, and an amazing crocheted tote bag.

How To Sew Totebags:

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Who can resist an adorable lined tote bag with a monogram. Can you believe this beauty is all DIY! Jaime of That’s My Letter whipped up a classic monogrammed canvas tote.

Quick-Easy-Tote-Bag

Drop cloths aren’t just for catching paint anymore! Heather of The Sewing Loft shows how to make an Easy Canvas Tote Bag out of painter drop cloths!

Fox book bag

What does the fox say? He’d say he’s head over heels in love with this tote bag. Perfect for back to school, Heather shows how to sew or iron on this fox applique with sweet embroidery details.

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Sandra from Sawdust Girl is famous for her amazing woodworking so it should be no surprise that she has a fabulous tutorial for Reversible Reusable Ruffled Grocery Bags.

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It’s okay to cheat a little. Grab a store bought tote and dress it up that plain tote bag with piping. This tutorial also shows a cheat for the non-sewer!

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Old shirt + another store bought tote = Adorable! Customizing a Totebag With an Old Shirt in an hour.
This goes straight on my Christmas to-do list!

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I know, it’s hard to discard that favorite t-shirt. Now you don’t have to! Repurpose that favorite tee into a library totebag? Jessica from Mad in Crafts shares how easy it is in her step-by-step tutorial.

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What’s better than repurposing one t-shirt? Of course, recycling two shirts! On Creative Green Living, Carissa shares another t-shirt-to-totebag tutorial using two shirts. One makes a stylish liner.

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Customizing a Tote Bag with an Old Shirt

Customize a Tote Bag with an Old Shirt | Pretty Handy Girl

Welcome to another Tote Bag Week Post! Are you getting lots of ideas for how to make and dress up tote bags? If you’re just joining in here’s the line up:

Today I have a fun tutorial for Customizing a Tote Bag with an Old Shirt.

Materials:

  • Canvas tote bag
  • Long-sleeve button shirt
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine (or needle and thread)

Instructions:

Begin by cutting off the sleeves and cuffs on your shirt. Save the sleeves to use on another project, like Adding Piping to a Tote Bag (or piping on a pillow, an upcoming tutorial.)

Customize a Tote Bag with an Old Shirt | Pretty Handy Girl

Cut off the pockets (cut as close to the seams as you can.)

Customize a Tote Bag with an Old Shirt | Pretty Handy Girl

For the customized tote bag, we’re going to use the cuff and two pockets.

Customize a Tote Bag with an Old Shirt | Pretty Handy Girl

Fold the cuff in half and cut it.

Customize a Tote Bag with an Old Shirt | Pretty Handy Girl

Stitch the end of the raw edges on the cuff closed.

Customize a Tote Bag with an Old Shirt | Pretty Handy Girl

Pin the cuff halves to the inside center of your tote bag (buttons facing out.)

Customize a Tote Bag with an Old Shirt | Pretty Handy Girl

Stitch the cuff end to the tote bag until secure.

Customize a Tote Bag with an Old Shirt | Pretty Handy Girl

Pin the pockets to each side of the tote bag (if your tote bag doesn’t have sides, the pockets would look just as cute on the front and back of the tote bag.)

Customize a Tote Bag with an Old Shirt | Pretty Handy Girl

Stitch along the top of the pocket. Then lift the pocket flap up and sew the rest of the pocket to the tote bag.

Customize a Tote Bag with an Old Shirt | Pretty Handy Girl

Feel free to finger print a star on your tote bag (tutorial for finger-printing stars here.)

Customize a Tote Bag with an Old Shirt | Pretty Handy Girl

These shirt embellished tote bags are perfect for a day at the beach. Or as a gift for a friend, teacher or grandparent.

Customize a Tote Bag with an Old Shirt | Pretty Handy Girl

Personally, I think I’ll be making many more of these in the future.

Customize a Tote Bag with an Old Shirt | Pretty Handy Girl

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial for customizing a tote bag with an old shirt. Get ready for a grand finale tomorrow!

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